In January 2009, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) formalized an opportunity to enhance their respective roles and effectiveness with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement that brings together the unique strengths of each organization.
CSAM, formed in 1989, is a national organization of medical professionals and other scientists interested in the field of substance use disorders. CSAM and CCSA recognize the following common interests and objectives:
CSAM and CCSA pledge to work together in a spirit of cooperation, learning and support in all these interconnected areas, and to:
- facilitating progress towards healthy, vibrant communities;
- improving health-promoting approaches, specifically with regard to addictions and substance abuse;
- confirming mutual support of their separate mandates and activities; and
- affirming common interest in the sharing of knowledge and learning experiences, particularly in the area of addictions and substance abuse research.
- share information pertaining to addictions and substance abuse;
- participate in opportunities for collaboration including workshops, conferences, seminars and meetings; and
- enhance the development of collaborative efforts between the two organizations.
Activities to Date
- At the request of CCSA, CSAM has provided a representative to participate in the National Advisory Group on Workforce Development
- At the request of CCSA, CSAM has provided a representative to participate in the Program Committee for IOS 2009
- CSAM has formally endorsed the National Framework, the National Alcohol Strategy and the National Treatment Strategy
- CCSA presented at the CSAM conferences in 2009 and 2010 on its Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce, and in 2009 on its Substance Abuse in Canada: Concurrent Disorders report.
This agreement is valid for a period of three years from the date of commencement and, upon its expiry can be renewed with the consent of both parties. During this period, the agreement may be amended as mutually agreed upon, or terminated by either party through written notification.